Press Release issued by Rural Development Department,Government of Sikkim

Joint Inspection of Project site under 3SCA Project in Mangalbaia Block by RDD, ICIMOD, ACWADAM and IIT Roorkee
Joint Inspection of Project site under 3SCA Project in Mangalbaria block was conducted on13th and 14th September 2022. The team comprised of Special Secretary cum Project Director MGNREGA, Smt. Sarika Pradhan, Technical Officer Dharavikas RDD, Dr. Subhash Dhakal, Shri Robin Dong, BDO Mangalbaria and officials from ICIMOD, Dr. Sanjeev Bhuchar and Shri Madhav Dhakal, Miss Simran from ACWADAM Pune, Shri Ghanashyam from SDC and Shri Bhargav Nanda from IIT Roorkee. The objective of the project is to advance scientific and socially inclusive spring revival strategies in the existing Dhara Vikas initiative of MGNREGA division RDD, Govt of Sikkim. SDC is funding the pilots in four states in India namely, Sikkim, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh under the 2nd Phase of Strengthening State State Strategies for Climate Actions (3SCA). The Project is directly implemented by ICIMOD with a technical partnership with ACWADAM Pune and IIT Roorkee. Earlier the technical agencies had conducted a detailed survey of the Project site in Mangalbaria Block along with a hydrogeological assessment of the spring shed and identified the recharge area. On these technically identified sites, MGNREGA had constructed artificial recharge structures. The key springs are instrumented with automatic discharge loggers and the recharge area with Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) under the technical supervision of IIT Roorkee. The instruments are fitted with the facility of telemetry wherein the data can be assessed remotely without going to the sites.
The purpose of the present visit was to jointly inspect the aforesaid sites with all the implementing and funding partners. After the field inspection, the team headed by the special secretary also sensitised the common public, panchayat representatives and block and GP functionaries in BAC Mangalbaria which was organized by Block Development Officer.

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